Someone I know has recently gone to work for a fake fortune-telling company which operates internationally over the telephone. Their business model seems to be the same as international phone sex, and for a similar price, about 7 Euros (or 7 US Dollars) a minute, with only internationally-valid credit cards accepted. The offices of these companies are normally located in third-world countries (as are we), and they pay third-world wages to the telephone operators, while raking in first-world prices from clients. It takes approximately 90 minutes of a client’s time to pay the full monthly wages of a worker. Nevertheless, for workers, wages are double what other call centers pay, so the workers feel it’s a good job, in spite of the dishonesty.
Workers deal with the dishonesty in different ways. They are encouraged to feel that clients who call are “marks” who are stupid, and that if they are stupid enough to call advertised numbers for fortune tellers, that they “deserve” to be taken advantage of. The “fortune tellers” are given multiple scripts to read from, and naturally, no one is interested in devoting time to actually learning or practicing any of these “arts” in reality. It’s all a complete scam. Some employees feel guilty about taking advantage of clients, but they are encouraged by others to not feel guilty.
There seems to be a certain type of person who calls regularly and who spends a lot of money. In the country where I live now, they are the same people who in the past secretly consulted people who claimed to practice witchcraft (and this is still going on among a surprising number of women–particularly women who may be from wealthy families, but who grew up in an uneducated way, and who have a personality where they want to control the behavior of others). Those who call from overseas tend to be people who feel their lives are out of control and in order to get control, they want either to control others, or to have someone else TELL them what to do; in other words, they want the fortune teller to take the responsibility for what they should do in their lives, rather than they, themselves take the responsibility.
Most of what these fake fortune tellers recommend is NEGATIVE. For example, one woman called from a European country and claimed to have no problems in her life. Since the fortune tellers are paid by how long they can keep clients on the telephone, as the price charged is by the minute, they hooked in this woman in by saying, “You may think everything in your life is fine, but did you know that your husband is having an affair?” Of course, this was just made up on the spur of the moment, to hook the client. The fortune-tellers might tell a client who is having a problem that the client is possessed by a demon. In order to get rid of the demon, they tell the client something such as, “Take a piece of paper and write the name of the demon (supplied by the fortune teller). Then take a belt from your closet, start hitting the paper, and shout as loud as you can, “Get out, (demon’s name)! Get out!” When they hear the client shouting and hitting with the belt on the other end, they say, “Shout louder! Hit harder!” All this costs the client more money. So, essentially, the fortune tellers are taking either very depressed people who don’t know where to turn, and practicing totally fake psychology on them just to steal their money; or they are taking people who are greedy for power and control over others, and manipulating their behavior in order to keep them on the phone as long as possible, and calling back the fortune tellers as often as possible.
So how can one differentiate the “real” people from the “fake” people?
True practitioners of these arts (totally aside from the question of whether any of these arts are valid) tend to be positive, encouraging, and uplifting. The “fake” people tend to be domineering, scary, controlling, and NEGATIVE. Legitimate practitioners might have a website, but they will not be at numbers charging by the minute (at least not the ones you would want to be talking to). They might have an office where you can sit and visit them in person. They give you a written report, as well as a tape recording of your private session with them. You pay a fixed fee for the consultation, which is clearly stated in advance. Legitimate practitioners don’t ever try to control anyone’s behavior, and they also provide specific reasons for their statements.
Here are some examples of what a legitimate practitioner might say:
“If you’ve been a negative thinking person, it may take time to change your thoughts to a higher perspective. Patience and practice are necessary. Just as you have been persisting in the negative thought, you must persist in the positive one.”
“The new moon, February 18, and the days to follow, will open a door for greater health, and you will notice that you will be motivated to do all you can to get strong…..This time, Mercury has been retrograding in your sixth house of health matters, so you may be going back to address a health concern that you had put aside earlier.”
My suggestion to anyone who is interested in these arts and who has an urgent problem is to talk to a friend or see a psychologist. If it’s less urgent, read a book. The best two books I’ve found on developing your own potential are:
The Psychic Pathway, by Sonia Choquette
Psychic Development for Beginners, by William W. Hewitt
In no case should one trust calling numbers which charge by the minute.
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